Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, October 08, 2013)
Word of the Day

imperium

Definition:(noun) The domain ruled by an emperor or empress; the region over which imperial dominion is exercised.
Synonyms:empire
Usage: Our fainéant new leader has been neglecting his administrative duties, and already the imperium is growing weak and beginning to fray at the borders.
Article of the Day

Space Warfare

Though it may seem limited to science fiction, space warfare was a real concern in the 1960s as space was becoming more accessible to humans during the height of the Cold War. While the Soviet and American space programs were competing to launch satellites and make lunar landings, they were also pursuing other projects—Almaz and Blue Gemini, respectively—to prepare for battle beyond the atmospheric confines of Earth. What weapon did the Soviet Union reportedly test fire in space? More...
This Day in History

San Marino Adopts Its Constitution (1600)

Occupying just 24 sq mi (62 sq km), San Marino is the world's smallest republic and, having enacted a constitution in 1600, perhaps Europe's oldest existing republic. According to tradition, St. Marinus, a Christian stonecutter, took refuge in the 4th century on Mount Titano, and the community of San Marino was soon formed. Because of its relatively inaccessible location, it has since maintained its independence with only a few brief interruptions. Who did San Marino harbor during WWII? More...
Today's Birthday

Harriet Taylor Mill (1807)

Harriet Taylor Mill was a philosopher and women's rights advocate who is largely remembered for the influence she had on her second husband, John Stuart Mill, one of the preeminent thinkers of the 19th century. The two met while Harriet was still married. Two years after her first husband died, Harriet and John married following a 20-year friendship. She read and commented on all of his material, and he considered her an equal collaborator. What essays did Harriet write during their marriage? More...
Quotation of the Day
There can be no covenants between men and lions, wolves and lambs can never be of one mind, but hate each other out and out.

Homer (900 BC-800 BC)

Idiom of the Day

have a thing for (someone)

To have a romantic infatuation with someone, especially unbeknownst to that person. More...
Today's Holiday

Eo e Emalani i Alaka'i Festival (2016)

This annual outdoor celebration takes place on the second Saturday in October in Koke'e State Park, Kaua'i, Hawaii. It is a joyous commemoration of the journey of Queen Emma Naea Rooke in 1871 to the upper reaches of Kilohana Viewpoint. At the festival, a woman from the Halau and an entourage re-enact Queen Emma's entrance to the mountain meadow, where they are greeted by hula dancers who offer ancient chants and special dances to the party. The day's activities also include demonstrations of local crafts, including lauhala (fan and mat) weaving and Ni'ihau shell lei-making. More...
In the News

Chicken Nuggets Less than 50% Chicken Meat

A small-scale study of restaurant chicken nuggets found that the samples examined consisted of 50 percent or less chicken muscle tissue. The remaining bulk was made up of things like fat, blood vessels, nerves, cartilage, and even bits of bone. Chicken industry members argue that the sample size of the study—two—is too small to carry much weight. The researchers acknowledge that their sample size is quite small but insist their study has an important takeaway message—that although chicken nuggets taste good, they are not necessarily good for you and should only be eaten in moderation. More...
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